Posted Dec 31, 2014
American crows are illegal for most people to own - but if for some reason you do find yourself with an American crow (maybe from a failed rehab situation?) they are really cool to be able to interact with. Their intelligence is equivalent to parrots - but I would say they are also a bit more prone to applying their intelligence to mischievousness. They learn what you teach them incredibly fast... but they also learn how to do things you didn't teach them (and maybe didn't want them to learn) very fast too. Their diet is a wide variety things - from a specific pellet, to a mixture of different raw meats, to fruits and vegetables, to nuts, to mealworms, to egg. The more variety in their diet, the better, as long as you're making sure to keep it low in fat, and make sure they are getting all of their required nutrients. These guys need so much enrichment it's not even funny. Their diet should never be "free fed" as they do something called "contrafreeloading" where they actually prefer to work for their food than get it for free. If you're not using their diet to train them (although you definitely should use at least a part of it!) the rest of it can be hidden inside all different kinds of enrichment for hours of fun. Crows need a large space to live in, where they can fly and move around, and they are not a "pet" like some other species of bird. They may learn to interact closely with you, but these guys are wild animals through and through, and should always be treated as such.